Skate park funds ramped up

3rd November 2017 11:03 AM
ACTION PLAN: Callide ALP candidate Darren Blackwood, Cr Warren Middleton and Mayor Nev Ferrier. ACTION PLAN: Callide ALP candidate Darren Blackwood, Cr Warren Middleton and Mayor Nev Ferrier. Vanessa Jarrett

THE rundown Biloela Skate Park will receive a much- needed facelift thanks to State Government funding.

Banana Shire Council welcomed the news from the Minister for House, Public Works and Sports Mick de Brenni last week.

"We are thrilled to be given the $150,00 in addition to over $3million we have received in the last six months for other projects,” Mayor Nev Ferrier said.

The Central Telegraph ran a story about the disrepair and danger of the skate park in July and the Banana Shire Council closed the park in August to undertake a safety report.

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Damage to the skate park as photographed in July. Vanessa Jarrett

"The skate park has deteriorated and we struggled to find money in our budget to replace it,” CrFerrier said.

Funding of $150,000 was allocated from the Get Playing Places and Spaces program to the Banana Shire Council to replace the concrete skate park with a modular skate park to support active recreation at Biloela.

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Damage to the Biloela Skate Park Vanessa Jarrett

ALP candidate for Callide Darren Blackwood said this was another great project given to Callide from the Palaszczuk Government.

"This is my first announcement as a candidate and I hope we see more coming for Callide,” Mr Blackwood said.

"The Palaszczuk Government has come through again and it is great to see - and with no cost to the council.”

Mr Blackwood said the Palaszczuk Government had delivered a number of projects during the time it had been in power.

"I am hearing similar stories across all the councils in Callide I have been travelling to,” he said.

"The Works for Queensland programs is creating jobs and building more infrastructure and the councils are happy to receive the funding.”

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Cracks in concrete and graffiti Vanessa Jarrett

The current skate park is behind the Panthers senior football fields, off Prarie St, on an otherwise large vacant block of land, allowing for it to be moved.

"Police have asked us to move it a bit closer to the road so they can monitor it more,” Cr Ferrier said.

"We plan to consult with the police, the youth and the community on where it should be located.”